When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - had forgotten.
©2013 M. C. Beaton (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Hamish Macbeth #29? (2013 addition to the mystery series)
After the first moments of the narrator speaking over harsh jangly intro music, this book was wonderful! I enjoyed Mr. Malcolm's rendition of various accents, and he was able to differentiate among characters without making any of them sound too extreme. The story was up to Beaton's high standards for this series; each book seems like a visit to Lochdubh to see old friends. Having read the first 28 books in only a few months, I am now reduced to waiting a year for each new addition, and it's difficult!
Amusing, unpredictable, & funny
Graeme Malcolm's performance brings the characters to life.
Hearing the characters speak (in various accents!) makes this (audio)book much more enjoyable than its printed form.
Love to embroider as we listen to the books.
Once again, Beaton has written a clever and tangled mystery. But the ever clever Hamish figures it all out, much to the anger of his superiors. Now if he could just get his love life on the right track. Too bad they don't go for bigamy in the Highlands, or maybe it should be a same sex union.
The revelation that he most beautiful Hannah was all falsies.
His character were clear and his accents were wonderful.
Hamish does it again!
They need to bring back the BBC series.
These books have been great escapist fun and I'm going to find it hard to finish the series. There are plenty of murders, but none so real that it is disturbing. It was interesting to see that nasty brother and sister again with the plot of their lives moving forward in a satisfying way. This time, I found I began to care about Hamish's love life, which isn't a wise choice.
The whole story would have to be scrapped and started over. Hamish was more boring than I ever knew him to be, and the lack of participation by Loch Dubh citizens was very noticeable.
Hamish's assistant, Dick. His furnishing of the station, his cooking and cleaning, made me chuckle. He's not much of an assistant, but he's a heck of a wife. Graeme Malcolm is the real bright spot in this book. He is an awesome reader. He makes a good book better and a less than good book readable.
Heavens no! This is the first time I haven't read a Marion Chesney book in one sitting. But having a cranky Hamish as the central character really changed the tone of the story.
I will continue to read the Hamish Macbeth books because this is the first I have not liked. Ms. Chesney has so many series going, I don't know how she keeps the characters straight, much less tell a good story.
MC Beaton needs to stop writing the Hamish Macbeth series if her heart isn't in it. This story feels like deja vu. She seems to have cut an pasted old story lines together in a hodge podge that does not flow. The narration is nice. The story is awful
An actual plot line that cohered with the characters.
Spent a LOT of time with an editor; sharpen up the plot; avoid silly, unbelievable turns.
Had it not been for his voice, which I enjoy, I would have deleted this thing about halfway through.
Anger at my wasting a credit to buy it!
This book is downright silly. Characters behave in ways that make absolutely no sense to anyone. And so much repetition from previous books! Has this author ever heard of character development? She/he (have no idea if this is a pseudonym) should give up on this series.
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